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Mike Pompeo Sworn In as Secretary of State Despite Anti-LGBTQ Views

Mike Pompeo Sworn In as Secretary of State Despite Anti-LGBTQ Views

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His confirmation could endanger LGBTQ communities around the world.

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo, the current CIA Director, as Secretary of State. The vote was 57-42. The confirmation is a major setback for the LGBTQ community's strides worldwide.

Related | Mike Pompeo is a Danger to the Global Queer Community

Pompeo has a long history of anti-LGBTQ views. He's called the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling on marriage equality "a shocking abuse of power" that "flies in the face of shared understanding of our Constitution;" opposed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell; and doesn't think it's "ideal" for a child to be raised by same-sex parents.

In Pompeo's Senate hearings, he said that he "stands by" his views that same-sex marriage is not appropriate.

Related | Senator Cory Booker Grilled Mike Pompeo on His Anti-LGBTQ Views

"When I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry," he said when Senator Cory Booker asked him about his position. "Senator, I continue to hold that view."

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